Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee. (Mark 1:28)
“I know who you are, your reputation precedes you.” These introductions can be a little awkward. You are at a distinct disadvantage knowing little about a person who knows much about you. And as your mind kicks into high gear, you wonder, “What do they know?! Is it good or bad?”
The Lord Jesus’ reputation spread throughout the land. There was much talk about Him and they were trying to decide whether they liked Him or not. But what really mattered to Jesus was not what the people thought, but His reputation in the Father’s eyes. He strove to please the One Who’s opinion really mattered (Jn 14.31). And the Father was pleased (Mat 3.17). Is our reputation managed by those around us or by aligning our thoughts and actions with what the Father desires? Be like Jesus, surrender your reputation to God.
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